Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in each of the 17 major units affected by the Army 2020 review.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

holding answer 13 July 2012

I refer the right hon. Member to the Statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Hammond, on 5 July 2012, Hansard, columns 1087-88, in which he announced changes to a number of units that will be withdrawn, amalgamated or merged resulting in the reduction overall of 17 units.

The following table shows the total number of regular Army personnel, both officers and soldiers, employed within each of the units affected:

Establishment Total Regular Army personnel employed
9th/12th Lancers 371
Queens Royal Lancers 485
1st Royal Tank Regiment 351
2nd Royal Tank Regiment 526
39 Regiment Royal Artillery 581
24 Commando Engineer Regiment 369
28 Engineer Regiment 536
67 Works Group Royal Engineers 58
5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) 582
2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF) 619
2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) 588
3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (3 MERCIAN) 630
2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh (2 R WELSH) 762
1 Regiment Army Air Corps 336
9 Regiment Army Air Corps 450
1 Logistic Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps 536
2 Logistic Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps 508
23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistic Corps 556
101 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 235
5th Regiment Royal Military Police 200

These figures comprise all regular Army personnel under the command of the unit's commanding officer and therefore include Army personnel from other arms and corps employed at the unit.

An individual in a unit which is being withdrawn or merged is no more or less likely than any other individual with similar skills and service record to be selected for future redundancy. When units are withdrawn from the Army's order of battle their personnel will be reassigned to other units, where possible within the same regiment.

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